Gritty formally introduced himself to Flyers fans by rappelling from the top of Wells Fargo Center to kick off the 2018-19 season. Nearly four years later, the Philadelphia region has fully embraced this orange, furry, oddly lovable mascot. In this year’s Best of the Main Line readers’ poll, he/she/it was the hands-down winner for Best Pro Sports Mascot. We thought it might be time to get to know the real Gritty behind all that fur.
MLT: Were you expecting Philadelphia to love you as much as it has?
Gritty: Beyoncé once said, “If you’re with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.” I think Philly and I bring out the best in each other. Beyoncé also said, “Ya man ain’t never seen a booty like this.” Beyoncé wild. Beyoncé queen.
MLT: How do you feel when people call you the Phanatic’s Delco cousin?
G: Everyone has a cousin in Delco—can’t rule it out.
MLT: What are the biggest perks of being a mascot?
G: Probably the free parking and first dibs at the lost-and-found.
MLT: Are hockey mascots tougher than other mascots?
G: No, but I think we’re more thoughtful gift givers.
MLT: Now that you’ve hit the big time, are you able to get into all the exclusive clubs and parties around the city?
G: Clubs aren’t my thing. I haven’t been in one since Club Penguin kicked me out for violating community guidelines a few years back.
MLT: Do you still have a beef with the Penguins’ mascot?
G: Lol. I don’t beef with others. Others beef with me.
MLT: Where’s your go-to spot for a cheesesteak?
G: No. This is a trap.
MLT: What Hollywood actor would play you in Gritty: The Movie?
G: There’s only one correct answer: Freddie Prinze Jr. He delivered an inspiring performance in my favorite early-2000s rom-com, Summer Catch, and truly changed acting forever with his portrayal of Fred in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
MLT: What would your profile be on a dating site?
G: Thirst trap photos, Mean Girls quotes and my Venmo in the bio. Pretty standard.
MLT: What makes Flyers fans so great?
G: d.) All of the above.